Half-Day Friday

Hooray for Fridays! I started my day with a big bowl of Fage 0% greek yogurt, a cup of blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries, and a serving of Heritage Grains cereal. It was delicious, but my bowl was overflowing. I had to carefully eat the top layer to prevent the flakes from spilling out 🙂 The best part of my work day was that it was only 3.5 hours long! My company instituted an awesome summer schedule – twice a month we can leave at 1pm on Fridays or come in at 2pm on Mondays. I was pretty busy trying to get everything done, but I was still able to leave around 1:15pm.

TGIF breakfast

I wanted to head to the gym, but I was super hungry so I had some prunes and bowl of zucchini and beets to tame my hunger. Nate was really grossed out by my bowl ‘o veggies.

Prunes

beets and zucchini

Nate and I had plans to see Bruno at 3:10pm, so my gym visit was kind of rushed. I had time to do a full body strength training workouts and about 12 minutes of elliptical. Something is better than nothing!

My strength workout consisted of the following (performed back-to-back, no rest between exercises):

  • 2 x 10 bench step-ups with 10lb weights
  • Ab routine (4 x 10 reverse crunches, regular crunches, bicycle crunches)
  • 2 x 10 bent over rows with 10lb weights
  • 2 x 10 chest press with 10lb weights
  • 2 x 15 mountain climbers
  • 2 x 45 second planks
  • 3 x 10 lunges
  • 3 x 10 tricep dips
  • 3 x 10 sumo squats

Phew!! After I was finished at th gym, I booked it to the movie theatre near Lincoln Center. I was a very hungry girl at this point, so I happily chowed down on a small sandwich made with 1 piece of omega 3 bread, Tbs almond butter, and half banana. Alongside I had a baggie full of trail mix and chocolate alphabet cookies.

Movie lunch

After the movie, Nate and I had to do a few errands including a stop at my favorite place – Whole Foods! We picked up some goodies for dinner and I tried a sample of chocolate milk from a local dairy – Hudson Valley Fresh.

Before I started dinner, I needed a snack – 2 wasa crackers with white bean hummus.

hummus and wasa

Nate and I wanted slightly different things for dinner, but we planned our meals around the same basic ingredients. I used a large whole wheat roll-up (220 calories, 8 grams protein, 8 grams fiber) to make a pizza for myself. I pre-heated the oven to 400 degrees, topped my roll-up with green bell pepper, diced onion, chicken sausage, and feta cheese and baked it for about 12-15 minutes. This HUGE pizza was packed with fiber and protein and only weighed in at less than 500 calories. Take that pizza hut! 🙂 The crust was very thin and crispy, just the way I like it.

Pita pizza

pizza

For Nate’s dinner, I roasted some squash (10 minutes at 400 degrees) and then rolled it up with diced onion, chicken sausage, and Cabot cheddar cheese. He pressed the wrap on my new George Forman grill (thanks, Mom!) and the result was hot and melty. Yum!

Nate's wrap

With sliced green pepper on the side:

Green pepper

Of course I needed dessert – a big bowl of Edy’s mint chocolate chip ice cream topped with a few Newman’s Own Organic chocolate cookies. The mint was very refreshing on such a warm night.

mint chip

alphabet cookies

Question: What is your favorite summer treat? I love ice cream (obviously!) and sweet cherries.

  • What did you think about Bruno? I laughed a lot but also found it unbelievabbbbbbbly crude and offensive in so many ways lol

  • Evan Thomas

    I tried grilled watermelon last weekend and that was amazing! I think I need to buy one and try grilling it myself. That says summer to me

  • Lincoln Center definitely has the best movie theaters!
    That pizza looks great, by the way:)
    I definitely agree with you, ice cream would have to be my favorite summer treat, especially mocha chip flavored ice cream;) Watermelon would probably come in second place.

  • Love you pizza girlie – way to work it out 🙂

    I am insanely jealous that you get summer hours. I am convinced that we would be a happier nation if that was instituted nationwide!

    That Pommes Frites place sounds amazing by the way! I bet they have mayo/ketchup mixed as one of their dips if their Belgian? My favorite! Mmmm, sounds amazing! Thanks for the running love too!

  • Ok I meant love YOUR pizza girlie. Not love you. I’m pretty sure we don’t know each other well enough for me to start declaring my love….hahaha

  • roseyrebecca

    I made pizza last night too!! I used Jenna’s pizza dough recipe and topped mine with an overload of veggies!! How was Bruno?!? I’m dying to see it!

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  • That pizza sounds good! It also sounds like you had a pretty packed day! How did you like Bruno?

  • Ice cream or froyo, I’ve gotta have it! I also like watermelon. 😉

  • Bruno was ok, I laughed a lot, but some parts of it were very vulgar! Definitely don’t see it with your parents 🙂

  • melruns

    i’m not seasonal; i just need chocolate year-round 🙂

  • Oh my goodness…that pizza (and the wrap) look amazing! You solved dinner tonight in my house! THANKS!!